Dialog conveys information, while reaction shots convey emotion. Reaction shots are an emotional fulcrum that can reinforce or destroy what the speaker is talking about. A reaction shot tells the audience what to think, or feel, about the person currently speaking on the screen.
In this webinar focused on creative video editing, Larry Jordan illustrates the power of reaction shots. First, by showing how they are used in a variety of popular films, then showing how adding a reaction shot, then modifying its timing in your editing, significantly changes the emotional content of a scene.
As part of this webinar, Larry reviews short scenes and illustrates how reaction shots are used from:
In this short video excerpt, Larry shows how changing where the same two shots are juxtaposed changes the emotional meaning of a scene.
TRT: 4:03 – MPEG-4 HD movie
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